Introduction of fresh insight and visionary solutions to national issues into the political arena is an important aspect to the success of American democracy. While there are those who advocate term limits are not a necessary component, the fact remains improvement in the governing process should be a continuing national objective.
According to Edward J. Lopez, Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University, preference for term limits is a view held by many of nation’s framers. Notables such as James Madison and George Mason actually included term limits in personally authored political documents; Madison in his Virginia Plan and Mason in the Virginia Declaration of Rights (Lopez 5).
One view of those opposing term limits is that limits weaken the legislative branch’s position as a co-equal partner in government. Representative Michael V. Saxl, Speaker of the 95th M...
... middle of paper ...
...m limit legislation.
His article provides a unique perspective from a state’s executive office, on how term limits were beneficial to the legislative process and citizens of Arkansas.
Saxl, Michael V. "Term Limits and Diminished Returns." Spectrum: Journal of State Government 74.4 (2001): 1. Business Source Complete. Web. 22 Dec. 2013.
Speaker Saxl served a full tenure of four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. First elected in 1995, he became Majority Leader in his third term and Speaker of the House in his fourth.
Speaker Saxl has first-hand experience with the effects of term limits. Like Representative Adair from Oklahoma, Speaker Saxl’s position is one not in favor of term limit provisions.
His experience with the effects of term limits being both beneficial and, in his view detrimental, adds an interesting perspective as a source for this essay.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- "Elections, especially of representatives and counselors, should be annual, there not being in the whole circle of the sciences a maxim more infallible than this, 'where annual elections end, there slavery begins.' These great men . . . should be [chosen] once a year — Like bubbles on the sea of matter bourn, they rise, they break, and to the sea return. This will teach them the great political virtues of humility, patience, and moderation, without which every man in power becomes a ravenous beast of prey." —John Adams Government exists to serve the people, and not the politicians, American citizens know this.... [tags: Members of Congress Should Have Term Limits]
663 words (1.9 pages)
- The Right to Die The word Euthanasia originated from the Greek language: eu means "good" and thanatos means "death". Euthanasia (Greek, "good death") is the practice of killing a person or animal, in a painless or minimally painful way, for merciful reasons, usually to end their suffering. However, some people define euthanasia to include both voluntary and involuntary termination of life (Humphy 12). Like so many moral/ethical/religious terms, "euthanasia" has many meanings.... [tags: essays research papers fc]
2374 words (6.8 pages)
- The United States Congress is the most powerful legislative body in the world. The capitol dome should bring pride to every American as a symbol of the just and efficient system of government we have devised for ourselves. Congress however has fallen from grace. Scandal, egotism and horrific management of the nation's resources have obliterated the trust Americans once had for those they elected. The Congress must now make huge and positive steps toward healing the rift they have created. I feel the first step should be a Constitutional amendment limiting the number of terms a member of Congress may serve.... [tags: Critical Thinking Essays]
2060 words (5.9 pages)
- When the United States was founded, the theme behind the new government was to establish an efficient system without doling out too much power to any one person. The Founders intended to prevent a rebirth of tyranny, which they had just escaped by breaking away from England. However, when members of Congress such as Tom Foley, who served as a Representative from 1964 through 1995, and Jack Brooks, who served as a Representative from 1952 through 1994, remain in the legislative system for over forty years, it is evident that tyranny has not necessarily been eradicated from the United States (Vance, 1994, p.... [tags: congressional term limits]
1810 words (5.2 pages)
- Turner 1 History tells us that America’s founding fathers set forth to create a government that represented its people, with separation of powers within the government, and an election process by which the people would have a voice in that government. Term limits can restore the voice of the people in Congress, by ending the era of the “career” politician, and stop the abuse of power. The word incumbent is a noun. The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as: 1) the holder of an office, or ecclesiastical benefice, or 2) one that occupies a particular position or place.... [tags: U.S. Government ]
1847 words (5.3 pages)
- The Significance and Priority of Evidential Basis in Epistemic Justification ABSTRACT:There are various approaches to epistemology as well as to the philosophy of science. The attempt to naturalize them is the newest approach. In the naturalistic framework, epistemology turns out to be identical with the philosophy of science. The main characteristic of both naturalized epistemology and naturalized philosophy of science is their methodological monism. Therefore, both of these meta-level areas of philosophy pursue only one scientific discipline to be a meta-method for themselves.... [tags: Research Essays Term Papers]
5286 words (15.1 pages)
- Congress and The Change in Term Limits In 1994, for the first time in 40 years, Congress was drastically changed. The Democratic majority was uprooted and new, lively, freshmen were instated with a job to undertake. As part of the Republican=s AContract with America,@ these new Republicans had to revise the current Congressional term limit status. In undertaking this task, these men and women ran into a seemingly stone road-block. This roadblock consisted of long-term, carreerists who were unwilling to change.... [tags: Politics Political]
1728 words (4.9 pages)
- Term Limits in U.S. Government Mark P. Petracca's idea that "government should be kept as near to the people as possible chiefly through frequent elections and rotation-in-office" is quite common in early republican thought and generally agreed upon by the America's revolutionary thinkers. Although the debate over limiting legislative terms dates back to the beginnings of political science, it was not until the 1990's that the doctrine began to be taken seriously when voters started to approve term limit initiatives (Sinclair 203).... [tags: Papers]
2365 words (6.8 pages)
- THESIS: Term limits for Congress will disrupt the balance and can make the taxpayers very unhappy. SUPPORTING DETAILS: 1) Too many new, inexperienced members can hurt voters, as rookie legislators find it hard to navigate the bureaucracy. 2) Term limits will force out well respected politicians. 3) It will take away the voters’ right to choose their politicians. 4) Long term politicians will have “good behavior” in order to ensure their reelection. 5) The more experienced the politician, the better they will handle the peoples’ affairs.... [tags: essays research papers]
392 words (1.1 pages)
- Term Limits There is a movement sweeping the United States that state legislatures, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment, have the constitutional power to establish a new qualification for federal office, specifically, a restriction on the number of terms their congressional delegations may serve in Washington. The legal battleground covers two sections of the Constitution. Proponents of term limits will highlight Article I, Section 4, which they say gives each state the authority to prescribe the "time, place and manner" of congressional elections, therefore delegating to the local level the rules of who gets to run.... [tags: Papers]
1066 words (3 pages)